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30 days out from North Carolina’s 2020 elections we now have greater perspective on what happened.
30 days out from North Carolina’s 2020 elections we now have greater perspective on what happened.
 
North Carolina has experienced just about everything imaginable this year, so with one month to go let’s look at what to expect.
North Carolina has experienced just about everything imaginable this year, so with one month to go let’s look at what to expect.
 
If we follow the advice given by medical experts, we will neither gather for the service nor for the traditional Thanksgiving feast.
If we follow the advice given by medical experts, we will neither gather for the service nor for the traditional Thanksgiving feast.
 
Let’s settle once and for all if there is bias in the media? YES!
Let’s settle once and for all if there is bias in the media? YES!
 
North Carolina drivers appear to want to make up for lost mileage as they pour onto our city streets and interstates.
North Carolina drivers appear to want to make up for lost mileage as they pour onto our city streets and interstates.
 
For the past 22+ years I have tried to be Switzerland (neutral) in producing and moderating a statewide TV talk show, as well as writing newspaper columns. My conscience won’t let me do it anymore.
For the past 22+ years I have tried to be Switzerland (neutral) in producing and moderating a statewide TV talk show, as well as writing newspaper columns. My conscience won’t let me do it anymore.
 
I’m thinking of ordering a bumper sticker that says, “I survived the 2020 election.”
I’m thinking of ordering a bumper sticker that says, “I survived the 2020 election.”
 
In the “Roaring Twenties” times were good for many and there was optimism for the future.
In the “Roaring Twenties” times were good for many and there was optimism for the future.
 
Perhaps the most overlooked elections, ranking just slightly ahead of Soil and Water Conversation District Commissioners, are those of judges.
Perhaps the most overlooked elections, ranking just slightly ahead of Soil and Water Conversation District Commissioners, are those of judges.
 
If you long for January, when things were “normal,” you are not alone.
 
Politics is hyper partisan. Government is dysfunctional. People have lost faith that elected officials work for the common good.
Politics is hyper partisan. Government is dysfunctional. People have lost faith that elected officials work for the common good.
 
Sure as autumn leaves turn color and fall is the inevitable political debate season now upon us.
Sure as autumn leaves turn color and fall is the inevitable political debate season now upon us.
 
North Carolina is facing an education crisis.
 
One of the more flattering (and humbling) aspects of being a columnist is that readers will respond to you, often with thought provoking comments.
One of the more flattering (and humbling) aspects of being a columnist is that readers will respond to you, often with thought provoking comments.
 
North Carolina and our nation have a crisis more critical than the pandemic.
North Carolina and our nation have a crisis more critical than the pandemic.
 
The 2020 election will be the strangest in our lifetimes.
 
More than 200,000 North Carolinians have already requested an absentee mail-in ballot for November’s elections
More than 200,000 North Carolinians have already requested an absentee mail-in ballot for November’s elections
 
Four million North Carolinians have not filled out the 2020 census. That’s not good news for a number of reasons.
Four million North Carolinians have not filled out the 2020 census. That’s not good news for a number of reasons.
 
Peter Hans officially became President of the UNC University System Monday.
Peter Hans officially became President of the UNC University System Monday.
 
When it comes to reopening public schools there are four things on which most agree.
When it comes to reopening public schools there are four things on which most agree.
 
North Carolina, like the nation, is facing three crises: COVID-19, racial strife and the economy.
North Carolina, like the nation, is facing three crises: COVID-19, racial strife and the economy.
 
New UNC President Peter Hans starts his job in two weeks and will have his hands full.
New UNC President Peter Hans starts his job in two weeks and will have his hands full.
 
This was the most unusual July 4th holiday most of us ever experienced.
This was the most unusual July 4th holiday most of us ever experienced.
 
The uncooperative attitudes some are currently exhibiting brings back memories of North Carolina’s history of recalcitrance.
The uncooperative attitudes some are currently exhibiting brings back memories of North Carolina’s history of recalcitrance.
 
There was a time in March when it felt like we were all united in attacking COVID-19, but that honeymoon was short lived. By the end of April, the virus had become partisan.
There was a time in March when it felt like we were all united in attacking COVID-19, but that honeymoon was short lived. By the end of April, the virus had become partisan.
 
Many years ago the head of Sears Roebuck’s advertising department reported that half of all the dollars they spent on advertising was wasted, he just didn’t know which half.
Many years ago the head of Sears Roebuck’s advertising department reported that half of all the dollars they spent on advertising was wasted, he just didn’t know which half.
 
Does our state government spend too much, too little, or just enough?
Does our state government spend too much, too little, or just enough?
 
Christians and those of other faiths proclaimed that Monday, June 1 be a national day of mourning and lament.
Christians and those of other faiths proclaimed that Monday, June 1 be a national day of mourning and lament.
 
Public schools are supposed to begin the new year about 75 days from now, so I asked two teachers what to expect.
Public schools are supposed to begin the new year about 75 days from now, so I asked two teachers what to expect.
 
At various times in our state’s history we’ve been compared to Rip Van Winkle, the lethargic sleepy-head, or the Dixie Dynamo,” a fast-moving, progressive economic engine.
At various times in our state’s history we’ve been compared to Rip Van Winkle, the lethargic sleepy-head, or the Dixie Dynamo,” a fast-moving, progressive economic engine.
 
For a while it appeared North Carolina’s leaders were heading down the road of bipartisan cooperation, something we can all applaud.
For a while it appeared North Carolina’s leaders were heading down the road of bipartisan cooperation, something we can all applaud.
 
Occasionally, I get notes or emails from readers, often with a kind word, but sometimes not so kind.
Occasionally, I get notes or emails from readers, often with a kind word, but sometimes not so kind.
 
Lib, my retired Methodist Pastor wife, and I have been married for 55 years and our household has always been filled with interesting, sometimes differing but generally entertaining conversations about current issues.
Lib, my retired Methodist Pastor wife, and I have been married for 55 years and our household has always been filled with interesting, sometimes differing but generally entertaining conversations about current issues.
 
The number of cries to reduce restrictions and re-start our economy grow louder each hour, it seems.
The number of cries to reduce restrictions and re-start our economy grow louder each hour, it seems.
 
We already know that men are from Mars and women are from Venus. But they aren’t the only tribes on different planets in the United States.
We already know that men are from Mars and women are from Venus. But they aren’t the only tribes on different planets in the United States.
 
In truth, it was surprising that resistance to the restrictions put in place to combat COVID-19 didn’t surface sooner, but now they are organized, becoming louder and more heated.
In truth, it was surprising that resistance to the restrictions put in place to combat COVID-19 didn’t surface sooner, but now they are organized, becoming louder and more heated.
 
Pastors will tell you they count on a full church at Christmas and Easter Sunday. Except for this year.
Pastors will tell you they count on a full church at Christmas and Easter Sunday. Except for this year.
 
The late television comedian, Jack Benny, was known for his deadpan facial expressions and for being tight with money.
The late television comedian, Jack Benny, was known for his deadpan facial expressions and for being tight with money.
 
The line outside Costco last Saturday morning wrapped from the front entrance down the entire length of the building.
The line outside Costco last Saturday morning wrapped from the front entrance down the entire length of the building.
 
On Sunday, we watched our church worship service on YouTube, after Methodist Bishops in North Carolina told churches not to hold services for at least two weeks.
On Sunday, we watched our church worship service on YouTube, after Methodist Bishops in North Carolina told churches not to hold services for at least two weeks.
 
Will Coronavirus Be as Bad as the 1918 Flu Epidemic in North Carolina?
 
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